What is anosmia and how can we help those who have lost their sense of smell?

Anosmia affects about 3-5% of the population. Because emotional response is currency at Natarom, we wanted to take a look at this invisible disability that affects the sense of smell.

Anosmia

A relatively poorly understood condition that affects both adults and children, anosmia is the partial or total loss of the sense of smell.
It can often leave the sufferer and their friends and family at a loss of how to react. An invisible disability that disturbs a sense that most of us take for granted, it can also lead to a feeling of exclusion. The more information we have about the condition, the more we can improve the everyday lives of people affected.

There are many different causes of anosmia.
When the anosmia is related to the inability to perceive odours, it might be a consequence of drug therapy, trauma, intoxication, psychological factors or a temporary physiological condition (sinusitis or a blocked nose).
In the case of a lack of functioning olfaction, the problem stems from odorant molecules failing to reach an individual’s sensory cells.

How to diagnose anosmia?

Generally, a few simple tests is all it takes for a doctor to evaluate a number of criteria (partial or total loss of sense of smell, sudden or gradual, restricted to specific odours or not, etc.). If necessary, the doctor may refer a patient to have an MRI scan to check inside the nose.

Treating anosmia.
Treatment depends on the cause of anosmia and, in certain cases (e.g. after a head trauma), a sufferer may not fully recover. If a viral infection is the cause, the loss of sense of smell may persist for several months or even years.

Did you know? Anosmia can also be accompanied by the partial or total loss of taste (aguesia).

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